Taking Risk is essential, but how much, when and why? Taking risks effectively is as much of an art as it is a science and we’ve asked some of the brightest folks in the community to tell us about how they think about risk taking.

Ariel Sweet | Professional Body Piercer

Taking risks in life can bring us to places, people, and experiences we never could have dreamed of. I started a career in an uncommon line of work , a mountainous risk financially, socially, and mentally. Going from a career in the medical field to pursing my passion with body piercing was one of the biggest risks I’ve taken. There were a lot of unknowns and uncertainty along the way. There is a substantial level of risk when choosing an art or creative line of work over more traditional career paths. Read more>>

Harper O’Neill | Artist

The most rewarding risk for me is taken in the creative process. Taking the opportunity to step outside a comfort zone, choose to tell the truth, or to even choose to lie within the songwriting process and fully commit to something is what makes great art. But risks are complicated. Sharing my work feels more risky to me than making it. Will people understand it the way I intended? Will people like it? Will people even hear it? Read more>>

Erin Mooney | Floral Designer & Small Business Owner

I was working in the floral industry for other companies for years before I finally made the jump to start my own, when I knew that’s what I wanted to do the entire time. I think there’s never really a perfect time to make a big decision and you just have to learn how to trust the unknown and embrace the bit of chaos that ensues in the process. I still find myself from time to time realizing that it’s time to remove myself from comfort zones to continue forward and the keep growing. It can be absolutely terrifying, but there’s also a lot of excitement in that. Read more>>

Nick Baker | Professor, Beekeeper & Real Estate Agent

Risk plays an integral role in career moves and life. I think about risk in several terms. There is plain old risk where you know nothing of what will come out at the end. This is what I consider high risk and could potentially be the most rewarding. However, it is also the type that can bring everything around you crashing down. High risk, high reward. The other type I consider is calculated risk. This type of risk is more certain of what the outcome will be because you can weigh the pros and cons a bit more. Read more>>

Heidi Lydon | Wife | Mom | Financial Advisor | Boutique Owner | Artist

Being a wife and mom, I don’t often struggle with risk day to day. But I do struggle with the unknown and the uncertainty that raising a family can bring. The negative thoughts of things that could potentially happen to my husband or my children often catches me off guard and can really drain me if I dwell on those things. I think I find myself worrying about these things because my sister had two brain surgeries when she was 15 years old. Read more>>

DJ Eupho | Disc Jockey

In order to gain anything you have to give up something or risk something to progress. Being comfortable is safe, you know what’s going to happen, you can calculate things a little better. Not knowing or the state of not being comfortable, leaves many to be unease. In my case, I took a risk leaving Flint, MI to come to Arizona in search of new opportunity. The risk of not knowing if I’ll be able to find a job, let alone afford to stay out here is something many people experience moving. Well as you can see things to be on the up reason being we are here today speaking. Read more>>

Princess Reyes | Mom, Entrepreneur, Marketing & Communications Strategist

Taking calculated risks is what has helped me grow in every aspect of my life. It takes a great deal of courage to step out and do something that may result in a gain or a loss, but I’m a firm believer that sometimes taking no risk is an even greater risk. Whether you succeed or fail – there’s an opportunity for growth; in my experience, I’ve learned that each risk illuminates something about you and you’re now presented with that gift of awareness and opportunity to dig in and assess, is this something about me to nurture and enhance? fix? or leave as is and deal with later? Here’s my advice on taking risks – know your “why” and know the upside and downside of that decision. Read more>>

Karla Salazar | Holistic Private Chef and Ayurvedic Wellness Educator

Risk is what ultimately brought me to starting my own business. Speaking of risk I just took one yesterday by investing in a conscious business coach to help me elevate my brand. Sometimes we need help especially as a small business owner to find clarity in what we are offering. I do everything myself and it was huge for me to admit I need some help in this area. I believe risk is the ultimate growth factor in life. Read more>>